Deborah Willis was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Her work has appeared in the Bridport Prize Anthology, Event, Grain, and The Walrus. She was the winner of PRISM International's short fiction prize, and her stories have been translated into Czech, Hebrew, Italian, and Vietnamese. She graduated from the University of Victoria and has worked as a horseback-riding instructor and a newspaper reporter. She currently works as a bookseller in Victoria, B.C.